18 days in South Africa Itinerary

18 days in South Africa Itinerary

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18 days in South Africa Itinerary

Cape Town
Fly:  4​h 30​min
Nelspruit
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
Hoedspruit
— 5 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
Johannesburg
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
Cape Town
— 7 nights
Cape Town

3
days
Nelspruit

Nelspruit ©
Nestled on the banks of the Crocodile River, Nelspruit provides visitors with a convenient base point boasting two airports and an enviable location on the road between Johannesburg and the Mozambican border.
Safaris has been added to your itinerary. Take a break from Nelspruit with a short trip to Elephant Whispers in Hazyview, about 1h 10 min away. Spend the 12th (Wed) exploring nature at Kruger National Park.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Nelspruit sightseeing planner.

Cape Town to Nelspruit is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. In April in Nelspruit, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Nelspruit

Wildlife Parks Tours

Side Trip

Elephant Whispers
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Elephant Whispers ©
Elephant Whispers
Kruger National Park ©
Kruger National Park
Safaris

4
days
Hoedspruit

Hoedspruit ©
Hoedspruit offers proximity to Kruger National Park and features an airport, making it a popular jump-off point for a variety of tours and safaris.
Venture out of the city with trips to Kruger National Park (Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park, Thornybush Game Reserve, & more), Amarula Lapa (in Phalaborwa) and Idube Game Reserve (in Sabi Sand Game Reserve). There's more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Thornbush Game Reserve and soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

For maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Hoedspruit trip builder.

You can drive from Nelspruit to Hoedspruit in 2.5 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Kruger National Park, Amarula Lapa, Idube Game Reserve
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Idube Game Reserve ©
Idube Game Reserve
Amarula Lapa ©
Amarula Lapa

3
days
Johannesburg

Johannesburg ©
Founded when gold was discovered in the area in the late 19th century, Johannesburg quickly grew into a bustling metropolis, South Africa's largest city and the region's economic hub.
Step out of Johannesburg with an excursion to Montecasino in Sandton--about 36 minutes away. Pack the 19th (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Gold Reef City. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Apartheid Museum, get a sense of history and politics at Constitution Hill, take a stroll through Maboneng Precinct, and contemplate the long history of Mandela House.

For traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Johannesburg trip generator.

Getting from Hoedspruit to Johannesburg by combination of flight and train takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Hoedspruit in April since evenings lows in Johannesburg dip to 13°C. On the 21st (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Fun & Games Casinos Theme Parks

Side Trips

Sandton, Mandela House
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Gold Reef City ©
Gold Reef City
Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Constitution Hill ©
Constitution Hill

7
days
Cape Town

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Get out of town with these interesting Cape Town side-trips: Boulders Beach (in Simon's Town), Cape Town Central (Cape Point Nature Reserve & Hout Bay) and Cape of Good Hope (in Table Mountain National Park). And it doesn't end there: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Table Mountain, take in nature's colorful creations at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, go for a stroll along the water at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, and stroll through Clifton Beaches.

To find traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Cape Town trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of train and flight from Johannesburg to Cape Town in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Chapman's Peak Drive
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Table Mountain National Park ©
Table Mountain National Park
Cape of Good Hope ©
Cape of Good Hope

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